Taking Decisive Steps—St. Pius X High School, Mulund

The GreenLine campaign has taught us that changes depend on good leaders, and a big group of good leaders was what we found at St. Pius X High School, Mulund. Our visit began with the principal expressing his interest in implementing solar lighting in the school, and in refining the garbage segregation system. And the students we met—the school captains and environment squad members—had equally big plans!
     
During the discussion, the students expressed great interest in understanding what happens to their garbage, in the emerging problem of e-waste, and in the concept of ‘conscious consumption’. During the session, they also came up with practical ideas to make their school more environmentally sustainable.
  
While St. Pius High School has already taken some steps to harvest rainwater and segregate garbage, the students were eager to increase the scale and depth of these interventions. They identified four key areas of improvement—water, electricity, tree plantation and garbage management—and selected leaders to form teams and ensure that the plans for each sector are implemented. They also expressed their eagerness to involve all the other students in their school in carrying out these measures.
       
A few students also raised questions regarding the problems of garbage management faced in their housing societies, and discussed the roles of citizens and of the government in solving these problems. With intelligent and active leaders like these, St. Pius’s environmental programme is sure to make good progress!

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